Princeton grad, BU assistant Norton named Dartmouth women’s hockey coach

  • Liz Keady Norton

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Published: 5/18/2021 6:05:39 PM
Modified: 5/19/2021 12:58:47 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College has dipped into Hockey East to hire Liz Keady Norton as its new women’s ice hockey coach.

Norton, announced late Tuesday afternoon, takes over as the 11th coach of the Big Green in program history. She spent the last four years at Boston University, first as an assistant coach before being elevated to associate head coach two years ago. The Terriers recorded a 59-39-18 mark over her four seasons there.

“Liz bring unique experience to Dartmouth women’s hockey,” interim athletic director Peter Roby said in a news release. “She was a successful student and athlete while attending Princeton, so she appreciates and believes in the Ivy model. She has coached at the highest level of college hockey and is a role model for current and future women at the college.”

Norton is a 2008 Princeton graduate who scored 79 points over 118 career games with the Tigers, serving as a captain during her senior campaign. The Braintree, Mass., native was the team’s most valuable and most improved player in 2004-05, led the team in shorthanded goals in ’06-07 and had the Tigers’ most game-winning goals in ‘07-08. She took off the ’05-06 season to play with the U.S. national team on its pre-Olympic tour.

Coaching began with a two-year stint at Andover (Mass.) High School from 2012-14. She returned to ECAC Hockey an assistant at Union for a year and Harvard for two before moving to BU.

“I am grateful for my time at Boston University and the support I received for the last four years from the BU athletic department,” Norton said. “I’m excited and honored to be back in the Ivy League and cannot wait to get started.”

Norton replaces interim coach Morgan Illikainen, who took over last August for former Canadian Olympic team coach Laura Schuler but never coached a game thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic cancellation of the Big Green’s season last winter. Schuler was 19-61-6 in three seasons at Dartmouth. The Big Green hasn’t made the ECAC tournament in seven years.

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